Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 9

Miguel Gonzalez has dealt three straight quality starts - Scott Halleran

Who's hot and who's not from May 26 - June 1

Pitchers
Brad Brach Downnew_medium Not his best week, as he allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in a little less than 5 innings.  Only two walks, though, combined with 6 strikeouts.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Zach's first blown save of the year wasn't really his fault.  He was excellent as the closer in two other games, however.  His ERA remains below 1.00 for the season.
Wei-Yin Chen http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Two starts - one shaky, one not.  He allowed three homers to the Brewers early in the week, but rebounded nicely against Houston.  Although he started twice, he only accrued 10 innings for the week.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Migo has allowed 2 earned runs in his last four starts and now has a streak of three straight QS.  The offense, however, failed him and the O's still lost the game despite just 2 earned runs.  He'll face a much tougher test against Texas this week.
Preston Guilmet Downnew_medium I suppose the good news is that he didn't walk anyone all week, but the bad news is that he allowed 4 earned runs in three innings.
Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium Like Gonzalez, Jimenez fell victim to the O's poor offense.  Jimenez allowed 1 earned run in 6 innings, yet the offense couldn't provide support.  Biggest (only) knock against his start was that he needed 112 pitches to make it through 6 innings (3 walks).
Brian Matusz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Not a ton of action - 2.1 innings and although he allowed a homer, it came against a RHB.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Remember that time he gave up the game winning hit to the pitcher?  Yeah, that happened.
Bud Norris http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png #costafface does not appear to have had his best stuff in either of his last two starts.  While it's not terrible, he struck out just 1 hitter this week to combine with 4 ER.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Blew a save last week, but rebounded nicely.  Completed 3 innings (3 appearances) and gave up two hits and two walks.  Did not allow a run.
Chris Tillman http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Got pounded for 6 earned runs by the Milwaukee offense, but mastered the Houston offense to the tune of just 4 hits (1 ER) in 6.2 innings.
Ryan Webb Upnew_medium He really should have stayed in after that 7 pitch inning....
Catchers
Steve Clevenger http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Returned to Norfolk after 1 PH appearance this week.
Nick Hundley http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Staved off the down arrow this week thanks to that GWH in his first game as an Oriole.
Caleb Joseph http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Not entirely sure why the Orioles decided to keep Joseph over Clevenger.
Infielders
Chris Davis Downnew_medium A week after really pounding the ball, Davis fell off with a two hit performance.
Ryan Flaherty http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Received just 3 ABs
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium He's hitting the ball really well (10-27), but what's happened to his power?  He's slugging less than Markakis and that's not good.  On a positive note, his defense has been great and his OBP is currently above his career average.
Manny Machado http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png His bat has been lagging so far this season, but a thumbs up for his first career grand slam.
Steve Pearce http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png While his overall numbers weren't good, he provided a few timely hits, including the O's first PH homer in a long time.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Pretty good week at the plate including two homers and a three hit game yesterday.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz Upnew_medium It's just a bruise, right?
Adam Jones Downnew_medium Had his OBP back over .300 for a just a moment before a poor week has him back at .299 for the year.
David Lough Upnew_medium He has more homers than J.J. Hardy...
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium In typical Markakis fashion, he added 10 hits (.345 BA), yet his SLG% actually dropped a point.  Still trying to get above that .400 mark.  On the plus side, his OBP sits at .354, which is pretty solid for your leadoff guy.
Delmon Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Limited playing time, but he might get a start this week if Cruz has to miss any time.
Disabled List
Tommy Hunter Had a successful bullpen session and might be ready for a rehab assignment soon.
Nolan Reimold No updates.
Matt Wieters A pretty big decision looms.  Will we see Matt again this season?
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